Starting today, (Monday, March 15) Alberta Health Services will be expanding the vaccine rollout for Albertans. More than 437,000 people between the age of 65 and 74 will be eligible to book their appointment in phase 2A of the vaccine rollout.
The eligibility for booking will be broken into birth-year increments one year at a time for those booking through AHS online booking tool in order to avoid strain on the booking system.
Starting Monday morning those booking through AHS online booking tool, by calling Healthlink at 811 includes:
- Albertans born in 1947
- First Nations, Métis, or Inuit individuals living off-reserve or off-settlement and born in 1962 or earlier.
There is an increasing number of pharmacies signing on to provide bookings throughout the province starting today as well. Dr. Hinshaw says, "Pharmacies will be able to book appointments right away for all those aged 65 to 74, and First Nations, Metis and Inuit people age 50 and older, no matter what year you were born." An additional 156 pharmacies will be available to book appointments outside of Edmonton, Red Deer, and Calgary, for a total of 258 pharmacies administering vaccines across the province.
Here in Cochrane, eligible Cochranites will be able to book through Two Pharmacy, Loblaw Pharmacy #4971 (No Frills), and Shoppers Drug Mart.
First Nations, Metis, and Inuit people born in 1971 or earlier and living off-reserve or settlement will be able to book through participating pharmacies.
Click here to find all participating pharmacies.
According to AHS, more appointments will open for other birth years in the following days, one year at a time. Albertans born after 1947 will be advised of upcoming eligibility.
As of Sunday, March 14, more than 53,000 Albertans had booked appointments to receive the AstraZenca vaccine. Albertans born between 1957 and 1961 (inclusive) and First Nations, Inuit, and Métis born between 1972 and 1976 (inclusive) – to book now.
Albertans born between 1957 and 1961 can book by visiting ahs.ca/covidvaccine or by calling HealthLink 811. First Nations, Inuit, and Métis can book by calling HealthLink at 811.
Alberta received an initial allotment of 58,500 doses of Covishield/AstraZeneca and as of Sunday only 5,000 doses remained but more is coming.